TCC Flocks to Wayzgoose

TCC Flocks to Wayzgoose

Only print makers would hold a celebration that has a ‘z’ right smack dab in the middle of the title. Wayzgoose. In its 11th year, Tacoma’s Wayzgoose is a community event focused on highlighting the arts, books, and above all, printmaking. Derived from a centuries old tradition of printers celebrating together, Tacoma takes it to 11 by introducing a steamroller to the printing process and proudly carries the tradition forward.

The Process
1. Concept development
2. Layout in Photoshop
3. Transfer to linoleum
4. Inking the image
5. Carving
6. Apply ink
7. Apply pressure via steamroller

Before we get to the steamrollers, let’s look at how TCC fits into this.

Twenty-fifteen marks the first time TCC has participated in Wayzgoose and what a participation it was. Katie Anderson, Samantha Plastino, and Anna Grafing, led by TCC art instructor Marit Berg, worked on the project from start to steamrolled finish. As (hopefully) everyone knows by now, this year is the 50th anniversary of TCC and the TCC Wayzgoose team wanted the print to connect with the history of TCC. The group brainstormed events, images, and pop culture from 1965 to present and eventually the group was able to narrow it down to some key images and iconography that represented TCC and the decades of its existence. “The two symbols that caused the most discussion were the anarchy symbol and the Napster logo. Nobody knew what the Napster logo was, but it makes the connection to colleges, music, and the changing technology.”

The process for creating the TCC print took over a month and involved computers, carving tools and an art medium called Battleship Gray Linoleum. “It’s really called that. People wonder if it’s used on battleships,” says Berg. “It’s not.”

The interesting thing about the carving process is that you have to think in reverse. You’re erasing what you don’t want in the print. For Berg, who has been doing this for years, it’s easy. For newer art students, it can be a bit challenging. Luckily for us, Berg, Anderson, Plastino and Grafing prevailed.

reverse print

The real fun was at the Wayzgoose event and involved the steamroller. Vast amounts of pressure are needed to transfer the ink from the linoleum to the paper and due to the size of the print (3’x3’) a steamroller is an effective art tool.

TCC made six prints and the public has the chance to view the print in a variety of places. Currently a print is hanging in the TCC Art Gallery as well as at King’s Books. Eventually a print will hang in the old Woolworth’s windows downtown, at Brooks Dental Studio and on the wall of building 12 on the TCC campus.

When asked about doing Wayzgoose again, Berg was excited. “Yes. It was such a great event and I feel it is a great way for faculty and students to collaborate on a project as equals. It really gives students a sense of empowerment.”

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